July 30, 2012

Yes, Jim

I have indeed had the same thought -- even before Nanny Bloomberg locked up the baby formula.

Is anyone else dumbfounded that the most draconian of food and health laws are being enacted in "hey, fuggedaboudit" New York City? This is the city of pugnacious tabloids, the mafia, Archie Bunker, Taxi Driver, Joe Namath -- this city used to define its identity through toughness, and defiance, and independence, and disregarding authority. And now some pint-size billionaire has decided he's the city's healthy-living messiah, sent to save us from ourselves, to use the power of government to force us to make what are considered the healthy choices . . . today. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Quote of the Day Posted by John Kranz at July 30, 2012 11:10 AM

THE GOOD NEWS: It's being done to promote breast-feeding.

THE BAD NEWS: New York City regulations now prohibit breasts larger than sixteen ounces.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 30, 2012 1:57 PM

Props for the 16 oz. breasts joke but "promote" breast-feeding? What promotion does it need other than government minding its own business?

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 3:12 PM

I used "promote" only because "impose" seems so heavy-handed.

That being said, the article I read mentioned that, because breast-feeding purportedly (and I use that would because I'm not a parent and have no knowledge myself) gives newborns a healthier start in life, Nanny Bloomberg has decided to go this route. Formula will be provided when requested, subject to the proviso that (a) momma must ask for it, and (b) she will get a sound scolding for asking.

I've read elsewhere that Nanny Bloomberg shall henceforth be known as Wet-Nurse Bloomberg as a result of this.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 30, 2012 3:31 PM

Is that fair to wet-nurses? Seems an honorable profession?

Posted by: Jk at July 30, 2012 3:47 PM

Get ready for the class-action lawsuit against baby formula "corporations" and the tobacco tax-like settlement with governments far and wide.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 4:01 PM

From the Wikipedia entry on "baby formula:"

"Meanwhile breastfeeding rates are substantially lower for WIC recipients;[75] this is partly attributed to formula being free of charge to mothers in the WIC program, who are of lower socio-economic status."

Dear Mayor Bloomberg- It would be simpler to just stop giving the crap away for free.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 6:30 PM | What do you think? [6]